Venous Insufficiency, also known as venous diseases, can go from being a mere unsightly display of varicose veins to painful immobility for some people. This is precisely why many doctors encourage patients with this condition to seek treatment as soon as possible. Venous disease can range in severity, and many patients don’t seek treatment until the disease has reached life-altering proportions, often described as CVI (Chronic Venous Insufficiency).
Once the disease has advanced to this point, leg veins valves will lose their battle with gravity. So what does this mean, exactly? Well, over time the valves in these veins will lose their ability to effectively pump blood back into the heart, meaning the blood will, instead, pool in your lower legs. As you can probably expect, this occurrence is riddled with negative ramifications including leg pain, swelling, skin discoloration and, worse yet, limb-threatening ulcers.
WHEN TO SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION
If you’re experiencing any of the following varicose vein symptoms, you’re encouraged to seek treatment promptly:
- Changes in skin color
- Aching or heaviness
- Throbbing sensations
There are a variety of minimally invasive procedures available to treat varicose veins brought on by chronic venous insufficiency, ranging from sclerotherapy to endovenous laser treatment. These procedures can be done in-office and are performed quickly and, most importantly, painlessly. In fact, many patients are able to immediately resume their normal activities following the procedure. So what do these treatments entail? Well, let’s take a look at sclerotherapy first; this procedure involves injecting medicine directly into the blood vessels, causing them to shrink and scar. Although this sounds counterproductive, it actually forces blood to be rerouted through healthier veins.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FOLLOWING SCLEROTHERAPY?
Following sclerotherapy, patients are encouraged to walk as much as possible as this will facilitate the healing process and encourages blood to flow through healthier veins. Additionally, you may be instructed to wear compression stockings, which further speeds the healing process.
ENDOVENOUS LASER TREATMENT
Another common method of remediating varicose veins is endovenous laser treatment; in this instance, your practitioner will be using ultrasound to position a catheter into the damaged vein. The catheter is used to transmit radio frequencies to the vein walls, causing them to heat up, which, in turn, constricts collagen and closes the vein. In the end, this procedure will allow blood to flow through healthier veins; the damaged varicose veins will, over time, be absorbed by the body.
WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FOLLOWING ENDOVENOUS LASER TREATMENT?
Similar to sclerotherapy, patients will be encouraged to walk as much as possible following the procedure to increase blood flow; additionally, they will need to wear compression stockings and should avoid high-impact activities.
It is important to recognize the early signs of chronic venous insufficiency and to seek treatment before your condition worsens. As noted in this article, the two most common procedure requires minimal downtime and can be performed in-office. If you have noticed varicose veins on your legs, reach out to the professionals here at Rejuveination located in Cincinnati, OH to speak to one of our caring professionals about treatment. Contact us today and schedule your consultation!